Stereotypes has always been a factor in our social ladder. Being that the white man can’t jump or a dark skinned American is a super-predator in society. When we combine this with what it means to make music. It holds a stigma on what it means to be an artist. Which would make the people that are in suits, invest dollars into a marketing campaign. That promotes the stereotypes of a certain ethnic group. It is hard for a rapper to tell the truth when he is confided in a box of stereotypes. Being unique sells, but being that of a cloth. Helps the cut become clear in the eyes of the audience. Humans like to see the depiction of a person torment happening in real time. Being the center stage on gods podium. Showcasing self-destruction on the highest realm.
When in reality, the voice behind this artistic form is expressing an out-reach of their environment. If we look at Gucci Mane, he has always been seen as a person that indulges in behavior that would land someone in prison. Having many media beefs, fighting an active citizens guard and even sprawled rap beefs that landed mainstream media attention. Gucci Mane was herald as one of raps terrors. Which helped boosted his marketing campaign through the roof. After getting out of prison, he had a chance to reintroduce himself as more than a rapper. He introduced us to a clean Gucci, living the life of the rich and famous. In most cases, is sad. When this person was being championed as a super-criminal. Instead of get the proper help he needed when he was out. This is the case of most artist. We glorify their self-destruction until their demons eat away at their vital being.
When we see rappers that are spreading truth. It is often seen as a bore, being a rapper is not good enough. You actually have to embrace the ethos of the streets. Which in all cases is fine. But people are in love with gang culture, which is a thing among a young hustler trying to find his circle of niggas getting to the money. When all of America can not wait to throw this at his next court hearing. Just to put it in writing, that artist of this genre proves to America that we are borderline terrorist. This is not healthy for the mindset of Americans. Again and again, we are accepting nigga-bashing on a platform we’re the teachings of white supremacy helped mold a view point of an inner-city kid.
Rap artist can’t tell societal truths until we accept that this mold has to be broken. Yes, I love to shine. But I shined from the gravel Thomas Jefferson and his cohorts buried us under. Taking advantage of the narcotics that was flown overseen and even extorted inside a crooked cops nose. When I tell the truth, I am even seen as the problem still. Ready to be persecuted again and just be thrown into the court house. Even worse, have my own people go against me. With me having to embrace a me against the world mentality. Now there is nothing wrong with a person expressing themselves in a way that grants them escapism. When I tell the truth, do not write a bullet with my name on it.
Afro Samurai is the cartoon that I recall being the first Anime that had rap culture in it. Afro Samurai embraced rap music, staring Samuel L Jackson as one of the main characters. Having a black samurai raise his blade against other opponent just to fight the character Justice. An antagonist who killed his father so he can obtain the number one headband. Rza had production credit for this Anime as well.
Hip-hop culture also appeared in Manga’s like Naruto and Samurai Champaloo. Naurto had Killer Bee, a Jinchuriki that raps any chance he gets. Samurai Champaloo having Dj scratches as apart of their show stylistics. Anime started to hold cultural structure in our genre of music. The two cultures started dancing with hip-hop for sometime, creating a new breed of rap artistry.
People that we’re infatuated with hip-hop culture and Anime started making AMVS. A short collage of fight scenes with a hip-hop music bed. The most popular AMV currently is Naruto Vs Sasuke final fight, Suicide Boys plays as the two collide. AMVS are used for cool promotional visuals for songs. The anime world has a lot of story-lines revolving around; drama, romance, family ties and vengeance. Why not have a genre that has the street struggle and glory: embrace these type of story lines.
I can name a bunch of rappers that used Anime as apart of there music and image. One of the most popular I can remember is Lupe Fiasco. By nature being a skateboarder, he became etched into the fabrics of nerd core hip-hop. Lupe has always been known as a fan of street-fighter. Rapper Rob Bank$ heavily embraces Anime and rap culture. His lyricism centers around Anime references. Comparing himself to cracking seals like the Akatsuki, the way one would crack seals on promethazine.
Growing up in a predominate black school getting reduced lunch as a young kid. We all use to trade Yu-Gi-Oh cards and talk about Dragon Ball Z. I remember fights use to break out over Yu-Gi-Oh and we played that game like we was playing at the gambling house. I had homies that use to hustle out Yu-Gi-Oh cards during morning time. It got real over that game, we all use to meet up just to play during breakfast and lunch. I remember when our cards had got confiscated, we use to creep in the teachers room when she was not there. Just to steal all are sh*t back that got taken away from us. I always thought the confiscation rule was a load of bullSh*t. In my opinion it was another form of stealing. Fast forward down the line, we all grew into our now early twenties and are still going hard for Anime world.
Detroit emcee Noveliss held a ceremony for his album Cerebral Apex. Gathering everybody that has a deep appreciation for him as an artist. He had a very chill demeanor as he greeted those walking into his release party. Noveliss shared his thoughts on entertainment and how he has a great appreciation for Avatar The Last Air Bender as a cartoon. He thought the movie was trash though. He also curated the movie Split directed by M. Night Shyamalan. He moved around the room, having short conversations with people. He had a look that was wise and discerning as he dawned a Kakashi-Sensei shirt. Noveliss is an ideas man, he always exchanges a couple with those around him. The emcee was thinking about innovative ways he can rap his flows in the booth.
We caught a quick conversation with Nolan The Ninja and he said that Noveliss is his brother and he came to support: regardless if he was on the album or not. Nolan said that he been knowing Noveliss since Clear Soul Force. We also asked Nolan The Ninja some questions and he shared some secrets to finding success as an independent artist. Having a partnership can also help boost your success in the music game. I was not surprised seeing Nolan The Ninja at a Noveliss party. Nolan The Ninja came out with a strong underground break-out called He(art). The album caught so much attention it got picked up for review by Dead End Hip-Hop. Receiving mostly positive reviews from seasoned hip-hop listeners.
We even caught conversation with rising hip-hop artist from the east side of Detroit, Crimson Alchemist. Crimson Alchemist has been keeping up to date with his catalog of artistry for a minute. Going way back to when he was spitting laser sharp lyricism on his song, “Get No Better” with the Clear Soul Force posse. Laying down the foundation of back-pack rap catching attention over-seas. Showing that his energy has always been bigger than a confined space. His flow is infinite past the stars.
As Noveliss premiered his album, I was amazed by the intricate flow pattern he delivers. His rhyme schemes are always well put together. He is the definition of a person that will be your rappers favorite rapper. Noveliss is a person that has a die hard-fan base. His listeners will appreciate this album because it shows Noveliss as a person. How much he has matured with his audience. Cerebral Apex discusses him now as a family man, still balancing out his fascination for Anime and hip-hop. He also talked about his depression slightly, wanting to drift away from the outside world into his own. Still through-out his journey in Cerebral Apex. He came out to deliver a swift, clear cut album infused with a manga he created for his fans.
If Satan did art it would consist of hurt that would blind a man into his confusion. Confusion in art is one of the ways humans battle popular opinion as a great debate. In the role of creation a person believes their own will is what makes art. Following the fact when our unsatisfactory embraces temptation, greed and envy. All these elements the beastly desires of our human heart contain. Releasing this into the sphere of modern art to showcase impulsive actions that frames the carnage of human. Satan uses his paintbrush from the spine of Icarus children. Making an inescapable policy that will work good clashing with evil. Ground working the frame of a human heart on this earth.
If Satan did art it would look like war burning across the tundra as people search for treasures in the land of Israel. Just for rare items once held at the tip of mosses staff ripped away and auctioned. The human heart can portray Satan working his art, showcasing the ills a person has endured walking. Is pain a close correlation of crafting out hell for a persons pocket book to write a check off for ? Some say that we are already in hell. I respond to them by saying it is a matter of what you see life as.
Satan is Gods greatest artist. Both artist use their paint brush to stroke out illustration in black and white. Fighting for their moral standpoint. Watching both opposing sides collide, to create something polarizing. I would say be-careful of what you give your eyes and time to with the intention of men. God allowed Satan to craft his wicked ways onto the concrete jungle for are hands to handle. He tested the gift of discernment that our receptors use too decipher the ills of one mans truth. Satan’s truth is knowledge that is suppose to be kept hidden from are reality; adultery, murder and greed.